Vision Express raises major funds for Childhood Eye Cancer Trust
The donation was the result of a major fundraising initiative to mark 25 years of trading by Vision Express, bringing together more than 4,000 staff across its UK-wide store network to raise money to help CHECT support families and individuals affected by a rare form of eye cancer called retinoblastoma.
A highlight of the fundraising campaign was a 200-mile fundraising cycle called ‘Ride4Sight’, which was tackled by a team of 40 volunteers, peddling from the company’s first store in Gateshead to the Nottingham head office. Four-time former Olympic cycling medallist Bryan Steel helped train the team and completed the journey riding tandem with Paralympian and CHECT patron Darren Harris.
Vision Express chief executive Jonathan Lawson said: “We chose to mark our 25 year trading milestone in a meaningful way, and we’re delighted that we’ve smashed our fundraising target and can present a cheque for £105,000 to the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust.
“I’m extremely proud that employees across the company have rolled up their sleeves to plan fundraisers, hold raffles, dress up in costumes and cycle through wind and rain, in a combined effort to raise money and enable us to make this donation."
Lawson added that the company plans to raise even more in the next 12 months and has established a dedicated charity committee to drive fundraising forward within the business.
Joy Felgate, CHECT chief executive, said: “CHECT has been the nominated charity of Vision Express since 2010 and over that time the relationship has gone from strength to strength. We’re thrilled that Vision Express has committed to building on this fundraising further in the next 12 months and will continue to help educate others about retinoblastoma.”
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